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Happy Leap Day

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Feb 2016
6:10pm, 29 Feb 2016
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Oranj
Amusingly, my Garmin 920 failed to add today's run to the monthly running total. It's still stuck on yesterday's total. I guess someone in Kansas forgot about leap years :)
Feb 2016
6:31pm, 29 Feb 2016
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McGoohan
*Hopes and expects that every Jewish person was paid for the extra month they worked this year*
Feb 2016
6:46pm, 29 Feb 2016
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Wriggling Snake
you would think in today's scientific, technology savvy, non-religious enlightened times, we could have sorted out the clocks so that the little bif of extra time not built into the calendar is accounted for everyday across 4 years.

We don't need a 29th of Feb, we CAN get rid of this nonsense.
Feb 2016
6:47pm, 29 Feb 2016
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Wriggling Snake
Days, hours and seconds are ana artificial construct, so we can have them and set them how we want. I

s that not so?
Feb 2016
6:48pm, 29 Feb 2016
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McGoohan
Days aren't artificial - it's how long the Earth takes to revolve.
Feb 2016
6:51pm, 29 Feb 2016
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Wriggling Snake
yes, but they are not 34 hours long, that is the artificial bit, the days length wobbles by a small amount depending on the time of year and where you are on the planet. We know, at least clever clog people do by EXACTLY how much, there is no need for a 29th.

The pips on the BBC could be changed every now and then t account for it.

Seriously the 29th s not needed.
Feb 2016
6:51pm, 29 Feb 2016
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Wriggling Snake
oops, 24 hours obvs.
Feb 2016
7:17pm, 29 Feb 2016
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Autumnleaves
The office clock went bananas today - we assume that it couldn't cope with leap year.
Feb 2016
7:35pm, 29 Feb 2016
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Oranj
I don't understand why February has to be so short anyway - couldn't it steal a day from one of those greedy 31-day months?
Feb 2016
9:15pm, 29 Feb 2016
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Flatlander
We DO need leap years. Every 365 days does not bring the earth back to the same place in its orbit, it ends up a bit short, so over thousands of years 21st June would actually fall on the winter solstice. The Julian calendar did not fully correct for this and ended up being 11 days out in relation to the earth's position in its orbit by the time the accurate Gregorian calendar was introduced in the UK in 1752.

If anyone really can't stand leap years, then you need to live to 2100, which isn't a leap year nor are 2200 and 2300, but 2400 will be, as was 2000. The Gregorian calendar maintains its accuracy by decreeing that every 100th year is not a leap year, unless it is divisible by 400.

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